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Obstacles to Homesteading- and how to get around them

By Amber | Jan 17, 2019 | 1 Comment
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  Here in the U.S., homesteading is on the rise. If you are thinking of making a change from your current lifestyle to a simpler life, you may face many homesteading obstacles. This is especially true of those who don’t have farming roots.

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20 Amazing DIY Gifts You Can Make- All for Under $1.00!

By Amber | Dec 12, 2018 | 0 Comments
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  20 Amazing DIY Gifts- All for under $1.00!

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4 Farm-Tastic DIY Halloween Decorating Ideas

By Amber | Oct 23, 2018 | 4 Comments
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Fall is my favorite time of year and the kids always liked to decorate for Halloween. Coming from a frugal family, decorations were made using things we had around the house. Thankfully, we have the Dollar Tree these days where we can make Farm-Tastic Halloween Decorations for just a couple of dollars. Here are 4…

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The BEST Tips & Tricks to Drying & Storing Firewood

By Amber | Aug 18, 2018 | 4 Comments
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When J was a little boy, many moons ago. He and his siblings were bringing firewood in without gloves and his little fingers were frostbitten. Even now, he has to be careful in the cold because his fingers will hurt badly if not kept warm.

Winter is fast approaching here in the panhandle of Idaho. The pass and upper elevation have already seen snow. I hope you’ve gotten all your wood stacked and dried.

If you’ve used wood as your heating or cooking source for any length of time, then you know the key to heat production is in properly drying and storing firewood.

We’ve want to share what we’ve learned with you over the years about drying and storing firewood.

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Choosing the Best Trees for Firewood

By Rhonda Crank | Aug 15, 2018 | 0 Comments
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If you’re going to put out the energy and time to cut, split, and properly store firewood, you want to know you’re being as efficient as possible. No use wasting valuable time when there might be an easier way, right? The question is, how do you know which are the best trees for firewood.

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Old Fashioned Farmers in a Modern Day

By Amber | Jul 13, 2018 | 5 Comments
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We are often asked why we call ourselves “New Old-Fashioned Farmers.” The answer of course is simple. We call ourselves this because we farm the way my grandparents taught me, like their parents taught them, at least in manner that is. Since we farm in a modern, tech filled world we have a some variances, but then every generation brings its own ideas, experiences, and talents to farming. Balance is the key to life.

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Homestead Household Tips From My Great-Grandmother

By Amber | Jul 12, 2018 | 83 Comments

When my great-grandmother, Ma Horton, died I was 13 and she was 85 years old. She left us with wonderful memories and many lessons for life. I have a rich farming heritage because of who they were and my grandparents teaching me all their parents taught them, but whether or not I remember it all is another story! 🙂

Some of Ma Horton’s wisdom has been handed down to us because her daughters wrote some of it down for those of us in the younger generations. These are a few of those tips that I use in my own home.

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Where Have All The Fireflies Gone? A forgotten pastime of our youth

By Amber | Jun 20, 2018 | 0 Comments
Where Have All The Fireflies Gone-a forgotten pastime of our youth.

Have you ever caught a firefly? I remember countless nights as a child, running through the fields with a mason jar trying to catch fireflies. Watching the jar filled with bugs with glowing bottoms for hours, then releasing them back into the fields only to start all over again. But where have all the fireflies…

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Back To Our Roots- The Modern Homesteader

By Amber | May 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

  Has something in your soul been calling you to get back to your roots? Do you have a strong desire to leave the fast-paced society and get your hands in the dirt? If so, you’re not alone. Thousands just like you are wanting to leave their 9-5 in search of a simpler life. To…

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DIY Hummingbird Food Recipe & Bonus Feeder Tip

By Amber | May 18, 2018 | 0 Comments
DIY Hummingbird Food Recipe & Bonus Feeder Tip to Keep Ants Away

  Hummingbirds have always fascinated me. Their ability to hover, their amazing speed, and how they appear to dance with the air. As long as I can remember, my grands and my ma had a red feeder hanging outside the window to attract hummingbirds. Little did we know back then that the red food dye…

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Ponds

By Amber | May 2, 2021 | 0 Comments
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May  Week 1 Lesson 3: Ponds Language Arts Preschool/Kindergarten  Help your child write a poem about ponds. Any style of poem is fine. Have them copy what you wrote or just choose words out of the poem for your child to write. Teach them the vocabulary words.  Printable>>>May Week 1 Vocabulary Grade School/High School  Write…

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Fencing

By Amber | May 2, 2021 | 0 Comments
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May Week 1 Lesson 2: Fencing  Language Arts Preschool/Kindergarten  Have your child practice writing FENCE multiple times in the shape of a fence. Let them draw some animals inside or glue pictures of animals inside the fence.  Printable Coloring Page>>>Dairy Cow and Fence Grade School/High School  Research the history of one of the types of…

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Buying Land

By Amber | May 2, 2021 | 0 Comments
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May Week 1 Lesson 1: Buying Land Computer Skills/Handwriting Preschool/Kindergarten  Talk with your child about internet searches for land. Prescreen some land for sale sites (see the Printables) and walk your child through the various parts of each site. Find some properties that interest your child, and have them write the address and any other…

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May Printables

By Amber | May 2, 2021 | 0 Comments
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May Free Printables Each month we will offer free printables for you to print for your children. You can do the lesson online or print the lessons and avoid seeing ads. We encourage you to share any coloring pictures or accomplished schoolwork/projects in the Mighty Networks private group or our MeWe Group In addition to the printable lessons,…

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Pollen & Pollination

By Amber | Apr 26, 2021 | 0 Comments
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April Week 4 Lesson 3: Pollen and Pollination  Science Preschool/Kindergarten  Discuss pollination. Show how pollination works using cheese puffs. Discuss the parts of flowers. If you can obtain a real flower, help your child identify the parts and look for pollen.  Resource It’s Pollination Time Song Project: How Pollination Works Put some chocolate candies (nectar)…

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Honey

By Amber | Apr 25, 2021 | 0 Comments
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April Week 4 Lesson 2: Honey Language Arts/Art Preschool/Kindergarten  Have your child write HONEY on a piece of paper and decorate it with pictures (drawn or cut out) of bees, hives, and flowers. Read Winnie-the-Pooh and the Honey Tree (or watch it). Grade School/High School  Using the word HONEY, make an acrostic poem. Put your…

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Beekeeping

By Amber | Apr 25, 2021 | 0 Comments
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April Week 4 Lesson 1: Beekeeping Language Arts Preschool/Kindergarten  Have your child practice writing the letters in BEEKEEPER. Try to find a beekeeping book in the children’s section at the library. Bees, Hives, Honey! Beekeeping for Children by Tim Rowe  The Magic Schoolbus Inside a Beehive by Joanna Cole may be available.  Grade School/High School …

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Dyeing Wool

By Amber | Apr 18, 2021 | 0 Comments
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April Week 3 Lesson 3: Dyeing Wool Science **Please remember to have dedicated pans for dyeing that you don’t use for food. Preschool/Kindergarten  Make some dyes with kitchen scraps such as onion skins. Help your child to notice if there is a difference between the starting color and the resulting dye.  Grade School/High School  Experiment…

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Spinning Wool

By Amber | Apr 18, 2021 | 0 Comments
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  April  Week 3 Lesson 2: Spinning Wheel Language Arts Preschool/Kindergarten  Have your child write the words DROP SPINDLE and SPINNING WHEEL. Help them learn the vocabulary words. >>> Printable April Week 3 Lesson 2 Vocabulary Grade School/High School  Learn the vocabulary words. Pretend you are back in the pioneer days and must spin your…

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Wool: Shearing and Processing

By Amber | Apr 18, 2021 | 0 Comments
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April Week 3 Lesson 1: Wool- Shearing and Processing Field Trip All ages  If there is a sheep farm or sheep dairy close by, see if you can visit when they are shearing. If you cannot visit one, here is a great video of shearing on the homestead: Homestead Sheep Shearing  Language Arts Preschool/Kindergarten  Watch…

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